Lake Street Dive’s new album, Obviously, will be released March 12 on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the forthcoming record, the group has premiered its new single, “Nobody’s Stopping You Now,” a letter of encouragement from lead vocalist Rachael Price to her teenaged self, co-written with bassist Bridget Kearney. You can download the track now when you pre-order the album here, along with the previously released album track “Making Do.” Nonesuch store pre-orders include a limited-edition, autographed print while supplies last.
“Making Do,” which was released at the end of last year, speaks to the world that future generations are inheriting while exploring the lasting impacts of climate change and our responsibility to address it. You can watch that video, featuring a cameo from Sen. Ed Markey, who co-sponsored the Green New Deal, below.
As Price puts it, “You’re trying to express your anxieties, your feelings, your sadness, your happiness, all of these things—your authentic state of being in a song. But you’re also trying to create something people will listen to over and over again. That’s the unique, fun thing about music, putting these messages into three-and-a-half-minute snippets, dropping whatever truth we can, and hoping it’s the type of thing that people want to ruminate on.”
Obviously was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Elizondo (who was worked with such artists as Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, Jenny Lewis, and many more.
“We’ve been a band for so long that we didn’t want to just become a feedback loop of our own ideas,” Kearney says. “It felt like a really good time to bring in another person like Mike [Elizondo], and he really opened us up. He encouraged us to make bolder arrangement choices, take those chances and try those things. The record really is a success in what we set out to do: continue to challenge ourselves, continue to grow, and do things we’ve never done before.”
The members of Lake Street Dive founded the group in 2004 while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band features Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums), as well as their newest member Akie Bermiss (keyboards), who has been a touring member of the group since 2017.